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Panel on Housing Diversity in Herndon Set for September 5

by Fatimah Waseem August 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm 30 Comments

The Herndon Planning Commission will host a panel discussion on the preservation and enhancement of the town’s housing diversity on September 5. Panelists, which will include Fairfax County Officials and Shelly Murphy, CEO of Wesley Housing, will discuss how to preserve and protect housing diversity in the area.

The event is designed to help the town prepare for the arrival of the Silver line is 2020. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Herndon Council Chambers (765 Lynn Street).

Other panelists include Tom Fleetwood, director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community development and Cynthia Bailey, deputy county attorney.

“Our aim is to listen, learn and then recommend to the Town Council appropriate goals and objectives toward maintaining the housing diversity that is a hallmark of neighborhoods in Herndon,” said Planning Commission Chair Melissa Jonas.

Jonas hopes the event will help the commission better understand the benefits of housing diversity and navigating pressures created by Metro’s arrival.

The event is free and open to the public.

Photo by Cornerstones

  • OneReally

    It’s not diverse enough now?

    • Mike M

      Chasing unicorns! But in a racist, yet righteous sorta way!

      • Why do you bother?

        How in the world is INCLUSION racist????

        • Mike M

          Good question. Since Reston is one of the most diverse areas in one of the most diverse countries known to all mankind, an initiative like this can only be construed as anti-white. Diversity has become a code for anti-white. We need to be more “inclusive” than where else and it what ways.

          • Why do you bother?

            AWwwwww – is your hundreds of years of white men pretending they’re the only people on the planet being threatened, pumpkin?

            ” this can only be construed as anti-white”

            Only by a freaking bigot.

            Let me spell it out for you: Adding to a mixture in no way = deleting any of what was already there.

            You are some piece of work.

          • Mike M

            You didn’t listen to what I said. What’s new?
            Reston is supremely diverse and inclusive. So, why must we have such a panel? Does that not strike you as odd? Sniff any ulterior motives? If not, you are lacking something.
            Also, I don’t accept the white privilege nonsense. You don;t mitigate racism with racism. Your statement is racist – anti-white. Racism cuts both ways. Too bad you don;t get that. Why don;t you get that?

          • I’d rather post as a guest

            Did you not read, or is it you had preconstructed conclusions you want to make fit any story (as usual)? The story is about HERNDON, not Reston. And being called out for being a bigot is not racist. Some white folks never seem to accept the white privilege nonsense because they’re just a bit too bigoted to think otherwise.
            Try not trolling for a day, you’ll feel better, you’ll see.

          • Mike M

            Herndon is even more diverse than Reston. You have not addressed my point. White privileged is a wholly racist cop out!

          • I’d rather post as a guest

            I did address it, you simply can’t accept the fact that there is such a thing as white privilege. Just because somebody has a different point of view than you, you label it racist, that’s the cop out. Anyhow, take a day off already.

          • Mike M

            “White privilege” is a racist concept. It’s pretty straightforward.

          • Why do you bother?

            Inclusion is NOT white privilege. Your feeble attempts to make it so fail completely.

            Inclusion is NO privilege.

          • Mike M

            There is no such things as white privilege. Capisce?

          • Why do you bother?

            Really? You’re the best example of it.

          • Mike M

            Really. Can you itemize the elements of this and how you know?

          • Racism Watchdog

            Snarl

          • Mike M

            You should snark at the concept of white privilege. Good dog.

          • Why do you bother?

            I read every word. What I’m lacking is interest in supporting your tortured acrobatics. Your argument is false on its face: inclusion is not “anti-white. Inclusion is pro-ALL. Even you.

          • Mike M

            Then why do we need a panel?

          • Why do you bother?

            Because people like you exist.

          • Mike M

            You are remaining vague. I don’t blame you when you really have no point whatsoever.

          • Greg

            “Adding to a mixture in no way = deleting any of what was already there.”

            You don’t know that to be a fact.

          • Why do you bother?

            You’re like Microsoft whining because a couple of tiny startups are impinging on less than 1% of its operating system market share.

            I’m actually enjoying the angst of my (yes, I’m white) ethnic group peeing itself because OMG YOU MEAN WE HAVE TO LET OTHER “PEOPLE” LIVE????

          • Greg

            Focus. Try hard to focus.

    • David Romero

      I would think in this case, housing diversity probably refers to preventing developers from redeveloping all existing housing into luxury condos and luxury apartments. It is about the diversity of housing not the diversity of residents as far as I can tell.

      As the silver line extension opens, it would be nice if development didn’t destroy neighborhoods and make the area unaffordable.

      • Kristen

        So nice when someone actually reads the article before commenting! Thank you for an accurate and non-inflammatory comment, too often lacking in these pages.

    • Racism Watchdog

      BARK BARK BARK

  • TTrain

    Instead of preparing for the Silver Line in 2020, some residents should start preparing for the Trump Train in 2020!!

    • Why do you bother?

      You mean colonizing another planet?

  • Why do you bother?

    of the Silver line is 2020: IN.

    Community development: Development

  • Walter Hadlock

    Two interesting tidbits are left out of the information provided about the panel discussion. First of all, C. Melissa Jonas, Chairman of the Town of Herndon Planning Commission is also the Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development. Secondly, the panel will talk among themselves while
    “Citizens are invited to attend and listen to the discussion.” As it stands now, some of Herndon’s existing diversified housing, both within the Town limits and between the Town boundary and the future Silver Line, happens to be pretty much half-way between the now under construction Herndon and Innovation Stations. Two areas: land in Fairfax County next to the Innovation Station, and land on either side of Herndon’s South Elden Street could be subject to change if the current Comprehensive Plans that include those areas are amended.

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